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Unit Overview


This unit consists of a modular theoretically-oriented advanced topics research seminar. The unit is divided into a number of parallel modules, which typically take three weeks each. Each module covers a set of cognate but interdisciplinary topics in the social sciences. Typically a module will comprise three two-hour seminars, led by an expert in the field. Students choose, in consultation with their Honours dissertation supervisor, a total of three modules, which they complete over the 12 weeks of the unit. Examples of modules that may be included are: multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism; material dimensions of culture; contemporary political thought; the construction of knowledge in the social sciences; media archaeology; philosophy of language.

Module availability will vary depending on student profile and staff availability.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective

Students are able to (1) display advanced theoretical understanding across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes and (2) engage critically with advanced contemporary theory in the social sciences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work and (2) critical reflections. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Benjamin Smith
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.